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CNN
Dec 12, 2012 2:00am PST
. christine romans is talking markets. >> and you can thank big ben bernanke, the fed chief. a lot of people saying that the federal reserve and its herculean efforts to keep the economy moving is why stocks are up, why the economy is growing, and they're expecting the fed to announce new measures, new st stimulus to keep it going. so when you hear the catch phrase that the fed is the only game in town, the fed is the only game in town. around the world it has been central banks who are independent from governments, central banks who have been doing so much, pumping money into the system to keep things going. s&p 500 up 13% so far this year. all of these uncertainties we talked about, the fiscal cliff, all of that stuff, it is because of the certainty of fed policy many people are telling me, also because they think on wall street the fiscal cliff will be avoided. they think on wall street the only thing left to do is a little bit of shouting over what the top rate will be. 36%, 37%. they think corporate taxes will come down and we know that that is in the latest sort of proposal from the wh
CNN
Dec 12, 2012 11:00am PST
reserve chairman ben bernanke says u.s. unemployment, a huge problem, huge waste of potential -- human potential, he said. bernanke says the fed will replace operation twist with a new $45 billion asset buying program. overall, the fed is committing to buy $85 billion worth of securities a month. the program seeks to keep downward pressure on interest rates to spur the economy. >>> now back to the fiscal cliff. 20 days, count them with me, 20 days out from higher taxes and punishing government spending cuts if there is no deal in washington to craft a softer landing. with me now from los angeles, economist, author, ben stein. ben stein, good to see you, sir. you know, look, despite all we're hearing and seeing out of washington, we can at least discern some movement on this issue of taxes. let me just take you back, house speaker john boehner, his first position was no new taxes. president obama was asking for new taxes totalling $1.6 trillion. after the election speaker of the house ponied up an offer of $800 billion, exactly halfway between his zero and the president's $1.6 trillion.
CNN
Dec 12, 2012 1:00pm PST
. speaking of the fiscal cliff, jessica, what did the fed chairman ben bernanke say about these current negotiations? >> well, bernanke is the man credited with coining the term fiscal cliff. he did it back in february as part of testimony before congress. bernanke was speaking at a press conference today and he was asked two things. one, does he see impacts from the fiscal cliff, the lack of a deal, is it already rippling through the economy in? he said, yes. that's why you're seeing a fall in consumer confidence and less business activity and he said that it's impair tea that the congress comes to a deal with the white house and he was asked, do you think that term is correct a. fiscal cliff? is it a slope, maybe? he said, no, it's a fiscal can cliff because the economy will hit a brick wall if there is not a deal in january. he says it is not hype. >> he's basically saying if we go over the fiscal cliff, if these lawmakers and white house doesn't make a deal, it could lead to a recession? >> that >> reporter: that's right. we could hit another recession if we go over the fiscal cliff
FOX
Dec 12, 2012 7:00am PST
&p are also up slightly. >>> today is the second day of a two-day policy meeting of the federal reserve. ben bernanke will announce results of the meeting before noon today. he's expected to announce the federal reserve will start a new round of bond buying as it tries to support the tragic economic recovery. bernanke says it is not enough to keep the economy from going over the fiscal cliff but it could help cushion the fall. >>> 8:47. let's bring you up to date on some of the other top stories we're following for you right now -- look at this. a san jose man was arrested after his truck slammed into an apartment building early this morning and children were sleeping inside. luckily nobody was seriously hurt. the building was severely damaged. the 21-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. >>> and the united states will be pushing for a united nations security council resolution condemning north korea for lunching that rocket. the u.s. believes north korea uses rocket line of -- launches like that to test its long- range missil technology. >>> and house speaker john boehner thi
CNN
Dec 12, 2012 4:00am PST
again today. the federal reserve expected to announce more economic stimulus today. fed chief ben bernanke speaks at 2:15 eastern. the s & p 500 up more than 13% so far this year, and now up since the election. >>> bank of america, merrill lynch predicts oil prices in this country will drop to $50 per barrel. the cause? difficulty in moving huge amounts of oil from the bakan oil fields in south dakota and in texas. they don't predict a corresponding drop in gas prices. world oil prices will stay high, and our gas prices will likely track that. >>> americans are upbeat about the economy. 43% of americans say they are optimistic about 2013 and believe the economy is rebounding, nearly twice as many as last year. >> can i ask? the other day, we were talking about the fiscal cliff. and you tell us it will be really, really bad. why does the market keep going up? >> everyone thinks they will fix it. in the market, the question, what will the top rate be for the highest earners. 37%? the market says there will be a deal and lower corporate tax rates. if there isn't a deal, after the fir
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